Woman In Gold

I'm looking forward to this movie about one of the great legal battles in art history. Listen to the NPR story about Maria Altmann here. And if you're in New York, you can view the "woman in gold," also known as the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, at the Neue Gallerie. I've seen it and it is dazzling.

The Lost Art

From this WSJ article on the lost art of handwriting:

The ready communication through electronic means that has replaced the handwritten letter is wonderful. But we have definitely lost something here, and those Skype, email and text exchanges won't be treasured in the way that my teenage letters, scribbled journals and postcards have been for years.
Many people have, in a box somewhere, their grandparents' letters and postcards, and they think of them as treasured possessions. They are. But these days, to tell other people about these possessions, we reach for electronic media. We write something that, in five years, will have completely vanished—and will never mean as much as a pen, and a choice of ink, and some well-chosen words on paper.